Seven years ago, after selling my shares of a national managed care company that I had been with for 20 years, I partnered with Market America, an international network marketing company, to help introduce the professional division, nutraMetrix, to Healthcare providers in Western New York. I was exposed to the business model by Sharon Lawrence, who has become my dear friend, mentor and business partner.
Why did I make the change? I walked away from the company I had co-founded with no regrets, as I was traveling extensively and living out of a suitcase, and eating airport food had caused a weight gain of over 30 pounds. Travel had become increasingly more time consuming and difficult since the events of 9/11, and I was finding myself miserable, unhealthy, and suffering from anxiety.
I was so excited to be promoting health and wellness through Market America, and naturally assumed that my weight would return to normal. After all, I was working with all the thought leaders in WNY regarding wellness. I started a low glycemic diet and lost a few pounds, but I wasn’t achieving the results my clients were experiencing. I quickly discovered that I was a great coach, but an incredibly poor role model.
Back story: At the same time of all these life changes, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Two weeks later, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma, and he was told 3 weeks after that that he needed a triple bypass and valve replacement.
Of course, my focus at this time turned to rallying around my dad. Using all of the resources I had available and his incredibly open minded oncologist, we blended eastern and western medicine and relied heavily on my business partners promoting health and wellness to make suggestions and add thoughts. As a result, my dad sailed through chemo and had a successful cardiac surgery. While in the hospital recuperating from his open heart surgery, however, he developed an infection at his graft site that his medical team couldn’t get under control. Again, I was able to use my health and wellness connections and we brought in a infectious disease specialist, Dr. B. With the help of Dr. B, my dad’s health had turned (for the better) within 24 hours. But our bad news wasn’t over yet. Sadly, through further testing, Dr. B also added a new diagnosis for my dad… Mitrocondrial disease.
Now back to me: I had newly discovered bad genes on my fathers side with Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease and Mitrocondrial disease. Add in My mom, who passed away at the age of 49 from a Myocondrial Infarction (blood clot in the heart), and I knew it was time to get really serious about my health.
In 2013, I adopted a plant based diet and occasionally added eggs and salmon as a Protien source. Sadly, weight loss alluded me and I actually gained another 30 pounds. Imagine my utter frustration and despair, working with all the thought leaders in WNY regarding health and wellness, and here I was grossly overweight and feeling pretty awful promoting health and wellness myself.
My turning point: About six months ago, I saw a post on facebook from Dr. Izabella Wentz. She calls herself the “Thyroid Pharmacist.” Her post caught my attention because she was talking about an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos when I was 22, but I never paid it any attention then because I never had issues, my weight was stable, and I was at my ideal body weight.
I spent an entire day exploring her posts and decided to adopt what is called the “AIP Diet.” This meant giving up my plant based protien sources of protien like seeds, nuts, and legumes, and eliminating night shades, caffeine, eggs, chocolate and numerous other dietary restrictions. I also had to add in animal protein, which was difficult at first, knowing my genetics were best served on a plant based diet. I still struggle with this….but guess what? The weight is coming off! My brain/thought process is crystal clear, my anxiety is clearing, and I feel AMAZING!
I am happy to share that since adopting the AIP protocol, that I have lost 35 pounds. I still have a ways to go, but now I know that the future for being at my ideal body weight is a goal that will be accomplished.
All that being said, I believe we all are BIO INDIVIDUALS and need to understand our genetic make up, become educated, and use our resources to take care of the temple our God has given each of us. We all have unique DNA and therefore, each one of our bodies has unique needs!
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